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Hearing Screenings for All Age Groups

Hearing screenings are available for all age groups. Screenings are fairly quick, and serve to reduce the need for full hearing evaluation and to identify hearing loss as early as possible. In many areas, these screenings are available to newborn infants! Older children and adults may be able to get a screening through the school systems, physician’s offices, and local health fairs.

Newborns and infants

Many hospitals screen hearing of newborns during the hospital stay following birth. Screening is easy, quick, and painless. While the child is resting or sleeping, a very quick screening procedure (Otoacoustic emissions screening and/or auditory brainstem response [ABR] screening) is completed. Using these screening measures, hearing loss of 30 decibels (dB) or greater in the speech range (from 500-4000 Hertz [Hz]). At this age, failing a screening does not provide a definitive diagnosis of hearing loss. Fluid from the womb or middle ear fluid may be present, creating a false fail during the screening. A second screening may be performed before the child is discharged from the hospital or a follow-up with an audiologist in the area may be scheduled to confirm any screening results.

If a follow-up with a pediatric or general audiologist is scheduled, a more thorough hearing evaluation may be completed. Depending on the outcome of initial tests, this evaluation can take a much longer time to complete. Results should be more thorough, but failed tests may still not mean permanent hearing impairment. Follow-up appointments will be made to continue this process until a definitive diagnosis can be made.

Screening of infants is extremely important for early identification of hearing loss. Without early screenings, hearing loss may not be detected until after age 1. The later the hearing loss is diagnosed and managed, the greater the likelihood of delayed speech and language development. Delayed speech and language can, in turn, impede academic abilities in school-age children.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) covers appropriate screening and identification of hearing loss. If you are interested in a screening, contact your local public school system or health department. Free screenings and services may be available to your child.

Hearing loss does not always occur in infancy or young childhood. It can occur later in life. Not all who have hearing loss were born with hearing loss. If there are concerns for you or a loved one regarding hearing, do not hesitate to request a screening or evaluation from a physician, audiologist, or hearing instrument specialist.

Children and Adults

Older children and adults typically encounter screenings during public health testing (e.g., school screenings, physician’s office, health fairs, senior centers). Initial screening is completed with a pure-tone evaluation of 25-30 dB from 500-4000 Hz. If a screening is failed, the individual will be recommended to complete a more thorough hearing evaluation to confirm findings. Some individuals and websites advertize their ability to test your hearing via a website interactive plug-in or by phone. It is difficult to screen hearing ability in these situations, and not advisable over an actual hearing screening performed by qualified individuals.

Digital Cameras For All Ages

It’s a rare thing to see people lugging around film cameras these days due to the popularity and quality of digital cameras. Much like traditional film cameras, you can find digital cameras of every size. There are literally digital cameras for all ages.

Very young children can become camera owners and can benefit from the simplicity of Fisher Price’s Kid-Tough digital camera. It’s easy to use and durable – it has to be if it’s made for toddlers. Of course, the picture quality isn’t as good as cameras for older users, but does it really need to be? The Fisher Price digital camera provides 0.3 mega pixel images and is recommended for children aged three and over.

For children that are a little less shaky, Disney offers the Pix-Click. It comes in five Disney themes that any little boy or girl will love. It is easy to use, durable, and has similar picture quality to the Fisher Price’s camera. You may have to help your children to hold this (or any other digital camera) steady in order to avoid blurry photos.

If you’d love to buy a digital camera for your child, but don’t really want to spend $50 or more for one, you may want to check out the Polaroid Ion. For $20 this adult model may be a perfect choice for your child or a first-time digital camera owner. The camera is easy to use and durable. While it is made for adults, it can handle the rough treatment a child may give it.

Adults who have used cameras before will want a digital camera that does more and has higher resolution than the cameras for younger people. Be prepared for sticker shock, however, when looking for the best digital cameras. The best cameras are often quite expensive, but you generally get what you pay for.

Olympus has been a well-known brand of quality, professional cameras for years. They produce a variety of digital cameras – from cameras for photographers that are just beginning and need a point-and-shoot, up to the high-quality DSLR cameras that professional photographers use. Expect to pay a premium price for these digital cameras.

Sony is known more for making other electronics; however, they have been producing digital cameras for quite some time. One of the benefits of all Sony digital cameras is that they have Sony’s exclusive Real Imaging Processor technology which allows you to capture memories because the camera shoots at a higher rate.

Kodak and Nikon are also names that you’ve heard of if you’re a photographer. They each have several options to consider when you’re looking for a digital camera. You may want to take the time to go to an electronics store and compare them for yourself before making a decision.

Digital cameras make photography something that everyone, from toddlers to senior adults, can use to create works of art. There are digital cameras for all ages so take your time finding the camera that is right for you or as a gift for someone you love.

Entrepreneurial Education for Young Children and Adults

There is a vague, but prevalent idea that entrepreneurship and a college education are mutually exclusive concepts. Entrepreneurship is, after all, nearly synonymous with innovation, while a college education is closely associated with established structure. However, these two concepts are not at loggerheads at all.

The entrepreneurial spirit has nothing to do with whether or not you got good grades in school. This is more of a mindset that transcends the rules and regulations of a standard education. On the other hand, structured education provides the focus and discipline to direct the entrepreneurial spirit into productive channels. In a very real sense, an entrepreneurial education for young children and adults is the channel through which a potentially powerful force can be controlled.

There are those who argue that a college education is expensive, and once attained provides no guarantee of success. One could counter argue that the same applies to entrepreneurship. Just because you have a good idea or have exceptional skills does not mean that you will be successful in your business.

Institutions of higher education have been among the first to attempt to marry the two through courses in entrepreneurship. However, according to this article, most of them are getting it wrong. Their most common mistake is to put too much emphasis on the anecdotal approach, where successful entrepreneurs come in and talk about how they achieved their success. It is inspirational, no doubt, but it is usually not a practical approach. Those who finish the course with many brilliant ideas often have no idea how to get their own businesses started.

Another mistake is to concentrate too much on one school of thought, such as the lean start-up model, which encourages entrepreneurs to focus mainly on what the customers want in developing a service or product. While this and all other new approaches to business development are all excellent in their own way, focusing on just one in the teaching process can be counterproductive.

Entrepreneurial education for both young children and adults should be open at all times. After all, the most successful entrepreneurs had the ability to think outside the box. However, while it should nurture the spirit of innovation, it should also give students the tools to manage it. This includes practical, hands-on courses on such topics as psychology, finance, marketing, production, and human resources.

A born entrepreneur may have been born with the tools help them become successful, but this is not true for everyone. There are many examples of gifted innovators that missed the boat on financial and business success because they did not know how to manage the business side of the business.

A good entrepreneurial education will not only benefit those who want to go into business for themselves. Young children who are encouraged to be free thinkers can achieve much more than their more restricted peers. Adults exposed to successful people may also discover their potential for a more fulfilling career and life. A successful entrepreneurial education is not about school; it is about life.